BONE MARROW & ADIPOSE CELLS

ADIPOSE and BMAC (bone marrow aspirate concentrate) are promising regenerative bioactive cellular therapies which utilizes new cutting edge technologies in concentrating these bioactive cellular lines and growth factors found in bone and body fat.  These are you’re your own bioactive cells and not to be confused with ‘embryonic stem’ cells.  The bone marrow is typically harvested from the iliac crest (pelvic bone) and the subcutaneous adipose cells are typically harvested from the abdomen, to help accelerate healing in moderate to severe osteoarthritis, tendons, ligaments, muscular and various other musculoskeletal injuries and other connective tissues.  It is also currently being used in various systemic diseases such as heart, liver and lung problems, sexual dysfunction and a variety of cosmetic procedures.

ADIPOSE cells, much more so than BMAC cells, have the ability to utilize the body’s natural ability to heal itself.  By providing the appropriate signals, these incredible cells that have this amazing ability to repair different types of body tissues.  These special cells are pleuripotent, which means they have the ability to replicate themselves into a variety of different tissue types (ie: bone, muscle, tendon, cartilage, etc.).   When given these correct cellular signals and instructions, these cells are stimulated to replicate, and maximizing your body’s ability to repair itself.  Our bodies are always in a continuous state of monitoring, repair, and regeneration. Unfortunately, as with a lot of things, aging will decreases the quantity of regenerative cells, which partly explains why our ability to recover and heal from injuries typically takes longer as we get older.

ADIPOSE (FAT):

IS OBTAINING ADIPOSE PAINFUL?

The process of obtaining and preparing these powerful regenerative cells is relatively simple.  The physician using MSKUS (ultrasound) guidance, a small hollow tube (trochar) is used after the subcutaneous fat is anesthetized through a small incision; the adipose regenerative cells are harvested using a small and gentle liposuction procedure.  This typically takes about 30-60 minutes.  The adipose regenerative cells are then compressed and separated using a centrifuge and then mixed with PRP (platelet rich plasma-which contain various signaling and healing factors), which then can be use to treat various musculoskeletal injuries or problems.  The entire process typically takes a couple of hours.

WHY USE ADIPOSE?

ADIPOSE mesenchymal regenerative cells accelerates the body’s natural healing mechanisms. These special cells have the ability to replicate themselves into a variety of tissue types, therefore, when injury occurs, the usual number of regenerative cells needed for tissue regeneration is often inadequate. By concentrating and utilizing these special ADIPOSE regenerative cells, one is able to supply a much greater concentration of these regenerative cells, which then allows for a much quicker healing and recovery time from injuries.  The ADIPOSE also has an added advantage of being a thicker jell like consistency and is therefore may provide a better option for larger retracted injuries and defects.  Typically, the improvement will progress over several weeks, and most patients are returning to near normal function at 12 weeks.  It can safely be repeated if necessary.

BONE MARROW ASPIRATE CONCENTRATE (BMAC):

WHAT IS BMAC?

BMAC is Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate. Bone marrow is the tissue found in the center of your bones. In adults, marrow in large bones (ie: pelvis) produces new blood cells, and some cells that have regenerative abilities.  These are NOT embryonic stem cells. These cells are usually extracted from the patient’s bone marrow (typically the pelvic bone) and then concentrated using a centrifuge and used in regenerative cellular therapy.  These type of cells typically have the best ability to heal bone injuries and fractures.

IS OBTAINING BMAC PAINFUL?

The process of obtaining and preparing these powerful regenerative cells is relatively simple. The physician removes a small amount of the patient’s bone marrow under MSKUS (ultrasound) guidance using local anesthesia which results in minimal discomfort, and most patients tolerate the procedure with minimal discomfort, and typically the harvest site soreness resolves in a few days.

The bone marrow is then placed in a centrifuge, which separates the regenerative cells and platelets from the rest of the blood products. This concentrates the regenerative cells and growth factors to 5-11 times normal which is the optimal concentration for maximum healing.  With today’s technological improvements, regenerative cells can easily be obtained and concentrated in a simple office procedure. This allows for an efficient and relatively easy way of obtaining and concentrating these regenerative cells which can then be used to treat the various problems on the same day.

WHY USE BMAC?

BMAC accelerates the body’s natural healing mechanisms. These bone marrow concentrate cells have the ability to replicate themselves into a variety of tissue types, therefore, when injury occurs, the usual number of regenerative cells needed for tissue regeneration is often inadequate. By using BMAC, one is able to supply a much greater concentration of these regenerative reparative cells, which then allows for a much quicker recovery time from the injury or problem.

WHAT IS THE BIOACTIVE CELLULAR MATRIX?

The Bioactive Cellular Matrix is maximizing the regenerative healing potential already found in your body.  By combining multiple regenerative cellular products which produces an amplification effect and maximizes your body’s cellular regenerative healing ability.  The effects are often FAR SUPERIOR to just using PRP, BMAC, ADIPOSE, or any other single cellular regenerative product alone.

The exact benefits of BMAC and ADIPOSE are still being studied and new uses are constantly being discovered.   It has been shown to reduce swelling, improve vascular flow, relieve pain, and significantly enhance the healing of various musculoskeletal injuries and problems.

Should you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office.  We will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.  (503) 691-2000